Yesterday I did a road trip to south central Pennsylvania – it was a combination “photo day” and “getaway day” and “pickup day” (I acquired a super-swank Dream Window frame that was too delicate to ship).
Before I left the region, I stopped at a local grocery store and purchased a few regional foods – some Seltzer’s deli meats, a shoo-fly pie, and – of all things – a package of scrapple.
At the risk of turning this into a “foodie” blog, I figured I’d at least have to try a package of scrapple at some point in my life. Scrapple is a mixture of pork and corn meal, and apparently it’s a delicacy in the region. There are several recipes for this taste treat; I figured I’d try at least one recipe.
Supposedly you are to cut the scrapple into half-inch-thick chunks, fry the chunks in shortening over medium heat, and serve for breakfast.
While the scrapple fried in the pan, I put a couple of English muffin slices in the toaster. A few flips of the scrapple in the skillet, and the meat turned a nice brownish tint. Then, after the muffins popped out of the toaster, I placed the scrapple on the toasted breads.
Okay… looks good… I suppose… but it definitely needs something extra.
There was still melted shortening in the pan… you know what they say … waste not, want not.
I re-fired the pan and fried up two medium-sized eggs in the shortening/scrapple broth.
The eggs fried nicely. I’ve really never used shortening as a cooking agent; mostly I’ve fried my eggs with margarine or butter, so this will be a new taste treat for me. And since I’m frying eggs for breakfast, I have to add a little Tabasco sauce for that extra kick.
And here’s what came out.
And I can tell you this. This was a nice wake-me-up breakfast treat.
I don’t know if I cooked the scrapple properly; I didn’t read through five different cookbooks or put in additives like quinoa or acai berries… but I think I did all right.
And I still have a reasonably-sized package of scrapple in case I want to try some other recipes in the future. As far as I’m concerned, this was something new and unique to try for a day.
Look, I’m the same guy who created the delicacy of Span Stroganoff. So if I’m okay with that creation…
Then I guess a breakfast of open-faced eggs and scrapple, along with Tabasco sauce… will certainly make me stronger, since it hasn’t killed me. 🙂